Two-Minute Drill: Yankees Blast Rays, Diaz Defeats Ferguson

Jonathan Grant | September 11th, 2022

1st Down: The New York Yankees had seen their lead in the AL East lessened to just 3.5 games over the Tampa Bay Rays coming into Saturday’s encounter, and they were not too keen upon allowing their division rivals to get any closer to them. In the first inning, they showed just that by plating six in the first frame while racking up seven consecutive hits. Aaron Judge didn’t homer in this affair, but he had two singles in that wild first inning that practically sealed the deal in what ended up being a 10-3 in. That restored their 4.5 game edge.

2nd Down: UFC 279 was a strange, strange event, but it was masterful when it took place. In the main event, two legends battled as Nate Diaz forced Tony Ferguson to tap out in the fourth round in what looks to be Diaz’s final fight- for now- with the organization. Diaz and Ferguson went back-and-forth in the brawl, and at times it looked odd due to their styles being two of the weirdest in the fight game, but in the end it was the man from Stockton that came out on top via guillotine choke after Ferguson attempted a takedown. Earlier in the evening, Khazmat Chimaev won in the co-main event with a quick first round submission of Kevin Holland in a 180-pound catchweight bout.

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3rd Down: Iga Swiatek is the US Open champion in the women’s division, defeating Ons Jabeur on Saturday at Arthur Ashe Stadium 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) to take her third grand slam title of her career and her sixth title of the 2022 season. Swiatek won the French Open earlier this year, and the 21 year-old Pole will remain on top of the world standings without question following the victory over the #5 ranked Tunisian. Prior to the loss, Jabeur had only dropped one single set all tournament long.

4th Down: Lamar Jackson made it clear that he would not allow contract negotiations to get in the way of his season. Those have stopped now that the season is upon him and the Baltimore Ravens, but news has emerged, via league sources, that the quarterback was offered a hefty deal only to turn it down. The report states that the QB was offered $250 million by the team, but he was not happy with the amount of guaranteed money given, prompting him to dismiss the offer in lieu of playing out the campaign in the hopes of persuading them to do otherwise next offseason. Jackson would be a free agent next year, but the Ravens have the option of using their franchise tag on him should it come to that.

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